Global Village Construction Set
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The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that enables fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The name, GVCS, has been coined for the first time in 2008 - at a lecture at the University of Missouri, Columbia - see UM Presentation.
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See main article GVCS Machine
OSE is developing 50 machines of the Global Village Construction Set via module-based design. This means that we break machines down into modules, and each module can be developed in parallel with other modules. Examples are CEB Press or Tractor.
The exact list of GVCS machines has evolved over time and is still subject to change. For example, while the MicroHouse and the Car are not GVCS machines in a strict sense (but products created by GVCS machines), they are treated as GVCS machines for historical and business-oriented reasons.
Documentation is found at different places for different target groups:
- Graphical list of 50 machines on our main website (Public)
- Hierarchical representation of machines/modules at dozuki: http://opensourceecology.dozuki.com/ (Public, Prototypers, Developers)
- Wiki internal list of GVCS machines and their breakdown into modules - GVCS Machines and Modules and GVCS State of Completion (Prototypers, Developers)